CHM Event

First Tuesday Talks – Apollo 14: Coos Bay Connection

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Coos History Museum, Sprague Gallery


Number Available: 62

Bookings are closed for this date and time.

Apollo 14: Coos Bay Connection with Becky Soules

The February 1st First Tuesday Talk will take place from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM both in person at the museum and online via Zoom. Doors to the museum will open from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM for visitors to view the exhibits and visit the museum store if desired.

*Registration is offered both in person at the museum and online through this event page. Please register at your earliest convenience.

  • CHM Member: Whether participating online on in person, if you are a current CHM member, this program is free to you and you may enter the coupon code “FTTmember” for your free price.
  • Non-Member In-Person: If you are a non-member joining us in person, the price is $7.
  • Non-Member Online: If you are a non-member joining us online, the cost is $5 and you may enter the coupon code “FTTonline” for the online price.

Becky Soules is originally from Coos Bay and is a public historian. She was first introduced to the “Coos Bay Connection” to Apollo 14 back in 2003 when she was a student at Sunset Middle School, conducting research for a NASA Student Involvement Project. Her efforts also resulted in the Moon Tree at the Oregon Capitol being named an Oregon Heritage Tree. She continues to be involved in Oregon heritage projects, although she currently works as a museum curator in Kentucky.

Apollo 14 Command Module Pilot Stuart Roosa had strong ties to Oregon, beginning with his work as a smokejumper in Cave Junction in the 1950s. As an astronaut, Roosa was studying geology in eastern Oregon in 1966, when he met Coos Bay residents Bob Perkins and Phil Waters. The three men became good friends and Roosa, along with other astronauts, visited the area multiple times. Following the Apollo 14 mission, Roosa chose to have his official NASA homecoming parade in Coos Bay. “Stuart Roosa Days,” in May of 1971, included the largest parade ever in Coos Bay’s history. Roosa’s Oregon connections also inspired him to take hundreds of tree seeds to the moon, and these “Moon Trees” are the living legacy of this unique Oregon story.

*Membership status and attendance in person/online will be verified. Once you have completed registration you will be sent a confirmation email with the Zoom link. The museum is limited to 40 participants in-person so please pre-register as soon as possible so that we can plan accordingly. All in-person attendees will need to wear a face covering and participate in physical distancing.

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